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Manny’s Mexican Restaurant Opens in Captain Cook

April 6, 2016, 1:07 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 11:32 AM
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You have been warned: Bring your appetite. I am writing this at 7:54 p.m. and I still haven’t made dinner. I may not.

Being a huge fan of Mexican food, I had been anxiously awaiting the opening of Manny’s in Captain Cook.  Finally, the outside umbrellas were open, and there was a “Grand Opening” banner up in front.

Manny’s used to be the Mahina Café’, which was good; I’ll forever miss their potato-mac salad with chopped black olives. Before that, it was another Mexican restaurant (the name escapes me), which I loved and mourned when it closed. You can imagine how happy I was to learn the spot would again be a Mexican restaurant.

Parking in Captain Cook restaurants can be a challenge; Manny’s has an advantage. As you enter, there is parking. In the back, more parking. On the side, yet more parking. In short, parking bliss.

I was glad they kept the red chairs from the Mahina Café, and added checkered tablecloths. It’s really cheerful inside now. There is more of a cantina/Western/Mexican feel to it. Everything (including the kitchen, which is visible) is spotlessly clean, including the bathrooms.

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Manny’s is also kid-friendly. Two families were feeding youngsters and made some special requests, which didn’t at all ruffle the waitress or the kitchen.

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Let’s talk about the food, mis amigos. My husband had the burrito with chicken. It had bright, fresh flavors (I think I picked up some lime and cilantro, when I stole a bite). The tomatoes tasted like tomatoes, a pretty good trick these days. I had the Sope special with pork (A sope is a thin, shallow shell of masa, fried until just crisp, then filled.). Aside from the pork, it also contained refried beans, lettuce, and queso. There were three sope to a plate; I made it through one. It was great. I thought the medium salsa was a little hot, but my husband said I was a big baby and that it was fine (I’d still order the “mild” next time.).

Prices range from around $8 to $16.

They won’t have their liquor license until May, so if you need a beer with your food, hold off for a bit.  Their iced tea was really good, though.

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The staff was very friendly and helpful, honestly answering questions and fully explaining the specials.

Manny’s is located at 82-6123 Mamalahoa Highway, Captain Cook, Hawai’i. (808) 936-6124. Parking located around and behind building. Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Sundays. Credit Cards accepted. Go hungry.

 

Photo credit: Marla Walters.

Photo credit: Marla Walters.

Photo credit: Marla Walters.

Photo credit: Marla Walters.

Photo credit: Marla Walters.

Photo credit: Marla Walters.

Photo credit: Marla Walters.

Photo credit: Marla Walters.

Photo credit: Marla Walters.

Photo credit: Marla Walters.

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